If you recall, last year we posted about the Battle of the Kids' Books, hosted for the past few years by School Library Journal. This is a bracket-style showdown between some of the best books for kids & teens, with each matchup "judged" by a well-known author. And it's that time of year again!
This year's Battle of the Books began last Tuesday March 13, with an epic showdown every day-- judged by a wonderful group of authors of teen and tween books (Sara Zarr! Gayle Forman! Jeff Kinney!). There are three more matchups left in Round One, and then we move on to the re-matches in Round Two.
One thing that I keep thinking about as I follow this contest -- how on earth do you choose between two such excellent books that are so different? It is interesting to see how each judge considers the choices thoughtfully, in order to make the decision. Click here to read the thoughtful reviews -- and to see which books will be moving on to the next round!